Arsenal are reportedly now opening contract talks with key midfielder Aaron Ramsey as the Gunners look to have the Wales international commit his future to the club well ahead of the expiry date on his current terms in the summer of 2019.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Arsenal are keen to avoid a repeat of the situation that has befallen them this summer, with Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all now about to enter the final 12 months of their respective contracts.

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The Gunners are faced with selling the star trio as soon as possible, probably for less money than they could command were they in a stronger position, or lose them as free agents in 2018.

Ramsey remains under contract for another two years, but having the former teen prodigy sign on the dotted line within the next few months will remove any doubt or 'saga' further down the line.

Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott are the other key first-team players with contracts due to expire by 2019, but Ramsey is thought to be the most important one.

Ramsey currently earns more than £100,000-per-week and is among the club's highest earners - Sanchez and Ozil are top of the pile on £140,000 - and any new contract is likely to come with a pay rise that will keep the 26-year-old at the leading end.

The player has been linked with both Barcelona and Real Madrid in the past, although he has always distanced himself from such rumours.